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What is a booster bag?
Today shoplifting with tinfoil lined shopping-bags has no doubt become the single most costly kind of shoplifting – now known under the name Booster Bagging.
But the bag is not anymore an ordinary shopping bag. Smart shoplifters use more and more all kinds of tinfoil lined containers, bags hidden under the jacket or even tinfoil lined clothes.
An effective tool
The advantages of booster-bags are that anybody can make one in less than 10 minutes, no existing anti-shoplifting system is able to detect a security tag inside a well made booster-bag and it takes only seconds to fill up the bag with expensive merchandise and walk undetected out of the shop! Most booster-bags are so well made that they have to be cut up or passed through a metal detector in order to verify the presence of tinfoil. Even the smartest bags from houses such as Prada and Louis Voutton can be shielded nicely with tinfoil under the original lining so that the tinfoil is completely hidden!
No trace – no problem?
When shoplifters cut off a security tag or open it with an illegal detacher the tag will be found somewhere in the shop.
When a booster-bagger stuffs 10 expensive shirts or DVDs into his bag no traces are left – only empty hangers or shelves!
Therefore it is very difficult to know how big the problem really is.
After many years of experience we know that it is much much bigger than most retailers think.